Category Archives: Scottish Whisky

Chivas & Tapas

This past Sunday I was fortunate enough to take my lovely wife to a scotch tasting at Sugo in Roswell, Georgia. The tasting was conducted by Michael McLaren, Ambassador for Chivas Regal. This whole event was a real treat. We don’t have nearly the whiskey related events in Atlanta that Matt sees in New York. Add to this the fantastic food tasting menu Sugo provided and the great presentation that Michael had to offer and it was a great event. Here’s what we had:

Chivas Regal 12 Year Old
Chivas Regal 18 Year Old
Glenlivet 15 Year Old French Oak
Glenlivet 16 Year Old Nadurra
Glenlivet 18 Year Old

To go with this lovely list of scotch we had Toasted Ravioli, Stuffed Piquant Peppers, Brick Oven Braised Pork, and Bacon Wrapped Dates.

My favorites of the evening were the Glenlivet 15 Year French Oak, which has always been a personal favorite and the Bacon Wrapped Dates, which were truely amazing and went perfectly with the Nadurra.

I’ve been very familiar with The Glenlivet and Chivas product ranges for some time and I always enjoy them. It was also great for my wife to get to experience them and give me her input. She was also a big fan for the French Oak. We really need to have more events like this so take notes if you’re a restaurant owner. Kudos to Sugo for such a wonderful event and a big thank you to Michael McLaren for his time, expertise, and humor.

Drink wisely my friends,

Richard

New U.S. Releases – September ‘09

Here’s our monthly round up of new releases. There should be something for everyone this month. We’ve got prices from $23 to $15,000.

High West Bourye
Timeframe: This fall
ABV: 46%
Price: TBD
This is a new product from High West that is a blending of a 12 year old straight rye whiskey and a 10 year old bourbon. A post-aging mashbill? I can’t wait to try some.

Dearstalker 18 Year
Timeframe: This fall
ABV: 46%
Price: TBD
This is malt distilled at the Balmenach Distillery that hasn’t been available before. More expressions are scheduled for U.S. release next year.

Benromach 10 Year
Timeframe: This Fall
ABV: TBD
Price: TBD
A new addition to the Benromach line up. I’m sure Matt’s already got a bottle on hold.

The Spice Tree
Timeframe: This fall
ABV: TBD
Price: TBD
A great whisky makes its return! We loved the original incarnation and now that John Glaser has found a way around the SWA’s rules I can’t wait to taste the new expression.

Gold Bowmore
Timeframe: This Fall
ABV: 42.4%
Price: $6,250
This comes from the famed 1964 vintage that gave us Black Bowmore and White Bowmore. With those kind of siblings it’s hard to go wrong.

Slane Castle Irish Whiskey
Timeframe: July 2009
ABV: 40%
Price: $23
This one apparently slipped under our radar. Thankfully, more Irish Whiskey is never a bad thing.

The Macallan Lalique 57 Year Old
Timeframe: This fall
ABV: 48.5%
Price: $15,000
Wow! Fifteen grand for a bottle of whisky. Out of my price range but let us know what you think if you get the opportunity to try some.

Elmer T. Lee Single Barrel Birthday Edition
Timeframe: Now
ABV: 45%
Price: $29
The standard bottling is great and I can’t wait to toast Mr. Lee with a bottle of his special edition.

There’s also a bunch more that we didn’t get many details on. The annual release of the Buffalo Trace Antique collection will be out in October with the same line up as last year. Glen Garioch and Conemmara are both coming out with new bottlings.

Diageo also announced their 2009 Classic Malt limited editions. Here’s what I’ve got on those so far:
•Talisker 25-Year-Old ($199.99)
•Brora 30-Year-Old ($399.99)
•Caol Ila Unpeated 10-Year-Old ($59.99)
•Lagavulin 12-Year-Old ($74.99)
•Port Ellen 30-Year Old ($369.99)
•Royal Lochnagar Selected Reserve ($209.99)
•Talisker The Distillers Edition ($79.99)
•Oban The Distillers Edition ($99.99)
•Lagavulin The Distillers Edition ($109.99)
•Caol Ila The Distillers Edition ($79.99)
•Dalwhinnie The Distillers Edition ($74.99)

That’s it for September. If that’s not enough for you then we’ll have to wait and see what October brings!

Event Notice: SMWS Extravaganza 2009 Fall Tour

Hopefully you remember my review of the Single Malt Scotch Whisky Extravaganza put on by the Scotch Malt Whisky Society in Atlanta this spring. Well I just got a list of their fall tour for 2009. Here’s where you can find them:

Chicago: Thursday, October 8, 2009

Boston: Thursday, October 22, 2009

Washinton, DC: Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Philadelphia: Friday, October 30, 2009

San Francisco: Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Los Angeles: Friday, November 20, 2009

Fort Lauderdale: Thursday, December 3, 2009

For tickets you can call 800.990.1991 or email info@smwsa.com. For additional details and information you can find it on their website at www.singlemaltextravaganza.com.

But wait there’s more! I talked with one of the Society representatives and they graciously agreed to extend a $15 discount to our readers. When you order tickets just mention that you heard about it on Whisk(e)yApostle and the tickets will only be $115 for the first two tickets. Regular price is $130.

And you thought all you got here were reviews and the never ending blather from Matt and myself. See! Money back in your pocket. You can’t ask for too much more than that.

SMWS Atlanta Whisky Tasting

I just received an invitation to a scotch whisky tasting hosted by the Scotch Malt Whisky Society. After clearing it with a Society representative they gave me the okay to extend the invitation to our readers. Here are the details:

Where: Buckhead Club, 3344 Peachtree Roead NE Suite 2600, Atlanta, GA
When: Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Time: Registration begins at 6:30pm, Tasting from 7:00pm until 9:00p
Price: $105
RSVP: Please call 800.990.1991 or email info@smwsa.com to reserve tickets

Additionally, a buffet style dinner is included and they request that you wear business attire (jackets, no denim or athletic wear). I don’t have any more details about what they are pouring but I believe this is a Society event and will most likely include their special bottlings. The invitation I got said that you are invited to “a connoisseurs evening of rare and unique Society whiskies” so I’m pretty confident you won’t be drinking Famous Grouse on the rocks.

This will be a rare chance to try some of the SMWS’s special bottlings without have to join and buy them yourself. My wife and I will be there and I hope some of you can make it too.

Supernova Returns

For those fans of Ardbeg out there I just received a note from Ardbeg that their Supernova bottling will briefly be returning to the states. There should be bottles headed to California, D.C., Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, and Texas.

The Atlanta locations that should be expecting a shipment are Pearson’s and Tower.

The NYC locations are Astor Wine & Spirits, Morrel & Company, and Park Avenue Liquor.

If you’re in one of the other states lucky enough to be included on the list and want to know where to get some shoot me an email.

-Richard